A look back at the week that was with three college football teams that impressed and three whose weekends did not go as planned.
Ohio State Buckeyes
2016 Record: Straight-Up 6-0, Against-the-Spread 4-2
— Ohio State on BTN (@OhioStateOnBTN) October 16, 2016
Noah Brown caught the game winner and the defense sealed it with a sack on fourth-and-goal giving Ohio State a 30-23 victory in overtime. J.T. Barrett ran for two touchdowns in addition to throwing for a score. The three touchdowns gave Barrett his 89th score for the school record.
The Buckeyes had to rally from a ten point deficit at halftime. Wisconsin was 70.3% likely to win (according to ESPN’s win probability chart) at the end of the first half leading 16-6.
Ohio State is now 34-1 in Big Ten regular-season games under Urban Meyer.
Next Up: Penn State
Ohio State hasn’t lost on the road under Urban Meyer (21-0 SU, 14-7 ATS).
Alabama Crimson Tide
2016 Record: Straight-Up 7-0, Against-the-Spread 5-2
No upset and no comeback. Jalen Hurts saw to that. Alabama crushed Tennessee 49-10. The Crimson Tide quarterback rushed for 132 yards and three touchdowns.
Bama entered the game with the nations top-rushing defense. The Vols managed just 30 yards on 27 carries. The Tide outrushed Tennessee 438 to 32 yards. Alabama had its highest single-game rushing total since 1986.
Alabama’s defense and special teams have combined to score 11 touchdowns this season. That is as many as the team has allowed its opponents in seven games.
Next Up: Texas A&M
In their last 25 home games as a favorite, Alabama is 24-1 straight-up (13-12 ATS).
West Virginia Mountaineers
2016 Record: Straight-Up 5-0, Against-the-Spread 2-2-1
Dana Holgorsen's Blood Red Bull Content is currently .925. pic.twitter.com/khUmgPg3Ob
— Jim Weber (@JimMWeber) October 15, 2016
It took just one Red Bull and the Mountaineers were off and running. WVU quarterback Skyler Howard rushed for two touchdowns and threw for another. West Virginia downed Texas Tech 48-17 to stay unbeaten.
The Mountaineers came into this game having scored on just eight of 18 trips (44 percent) into the red zone. West Virginia scored on all eight trips Saturday. WVU held Texas Tech to 17 points. It was the Red Raiders lowest total since a 2014 loss to Texas.
Next Up: TCU
In the last 5 years, WVU as a ranked team is 7-6 straight-up (5-8 ATS).
North Carolina State Wolfpack
2016 Record: Straight-Up 4-2, Against-the-Spread 5-1
Football is a team sport but after Kyle Bambard’s performance it is hard not to blame the kicker for North Carolina State’s 24-17 loss in overtime to Clemson.
Bambard missed a game-winning 33-yard field goal as time expired in regulation. The Wolfpack’s kicker was 1-for-4 on attempts Saturday. It is not like Bambard was good before this game.
Entering today, Kyle Bambard's FG pct over the last 2 seasons was 57.9%, which ranks 187th over the last 2 seasons
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 15, 2016
On average, FBS kickers entered Saturday making 82% of kicks between 30 and 35 yards. N.C. State came out on the wrong side of the kicking game.
Clemson got lucky and is now 7-0 for the second straight season (third since 2011). The Tigers have won 21 straight regular season games and 20 in a row at home.
Next Up: Louisville
N.C State has lost eight straight to ranked teams (4-4 ATS).
Virginia Tech Hokies
2016 Record: Straight-Up 4-2, Against-the-Spread 3-3
Top 5 teams in defensive efficiency, according to ESPN FPI
2) Virginia Tech
4) Ohio State
— Josh Parcell (@JoshParcell) October 9, 2016
Virginia Tech has outscored its last 3 opponents 137-20. So far, Bud Foster's defense has allowed just 78 points… https://t.co/zdft3a5QJj
— David Hale (@DavidHaleESPN) October 9, 2016
VaTech had been rolling, especially after a strong defensive showing in a 34-3 victory at North Carolina last week. However, the once solid defense sprung leaks against the Orange. Syracuse rolled up 561 yards of offense and quarterback Eric Dungey threw for 311 yards and ran for a career-high 106 yards.
Coming into their meeting with Cuse, the Hokies had only allowed 661 yards through the air in the team’s first five games. Saturday they surrendered 405 passing yards. The 31 points allowed were more than Virginia Tech had given-up in the previous three games.
It was Syracuse’s first win over a ranked opponent since 2012.
Next Up: Miami
VaTech has lost five straight at home to ranked teams (2-3 ATS).
2016 Record: Straight-Up 4-2, Against-the-Spread 4-2
South Beach Sansa strikes again. For the second week in a row, ESPN’s cameras found the same sad Miami fan. The Canes have dropped two straight by just eight points. The Hurricanes gave up 461 yards of offense to North Carolina and lost 23-17.
Miami may fall out of the AP Top 25 with back-to-back losses. If that is the case, this would be the first time since 1968 that a team went from the top 10 to unranked so quickly per ESPN Stats & Info.
Next Up: Virginia Tech
Miami is 9-2 straight-up (7-5 ATS) on Thursday night.